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NCAA: UNC’s Response to Amended NOA “Without Merit”

The NCAA says North Carolina’s argument that the governing body lacks jurisdiction in the school’s ongoing multi-year academic case is “without merit.” In a Sept. 19 filing released by the school Tuesday, the NCAA enforcement staff pushed back against the school’s procedural arguments in response to five serious charges by saying they lacked merit. UNC had argued there was an expired four-year statute of limitations and that a March 2012 ruling in an earlier case should have precluded some of the current charges. UNC had also argued that some material from an outside investigator’s report into academic irregularities on...

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UNC Linebacker Refutes Rape Claim

A North Carolina football player facing charges of sexual battery and assault on a female student says the two had consensual sex and that he did not rape nor drug her. In his first public comments, Allen Artis said Tuesday he isn’t a rapist and is eager to get the case behind him. One of his attorneys, Kerry Sutton, also said Artis has passed a polygraph test about the February incident. The junior reserve linebacker, indefinitely suspended from the team, turned himself in earlier this month on the misdemeanor charges. His next court date is set for Thursday. The...

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Efland Woman Dies in Police Custody in New Jersey

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a North Carolina woman who was in police custody in New Jersey. Neptune Township police had charged 21-year-old Katie Thomas of Efland, North Carolina, on Aug. 17 with possession of drug paraphernalia. Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Charles Webster tells the Asbury Park Press she was in custody on the disorderly persons offense at the police station when she was found unresponsive and not breathing. Webster says authorities performed CPR and she was transported a short distance to a hospital, where she...

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Michael Jordan Pledges $5 Million to African-American Museum

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Jordan has made another major donation, pledging $5 million to the Smithsonian’s new African-American history museum on the National Mall. Officials at the National Museum of African American History and Culture announced the gift from the basketball great Monday. The museum is set to open Sept. 24. In recognition of the gift, the museum will name a section of its sports gallery after Jordan. He also donated a jersey he wore during the 1996 NBA Finals to the museum’s collection. “I am grateful for the opportunity to support this museum,” Jordan said in a statement....

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Chapel Hill Infant Drowns in Myrtle Beach Pond

A 6-week-old child from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has drowned in a pond near a mall in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Horry County Coroner Michelle McSpadden tells local news outlets that the baby’s body was recovered from a pond near Tanger Outlets. McSpadden says the child died Saturday night. Additional details haven’t been released. The Horry County Police Department is investigating the...

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US Supreme Court to Review Ruling on NC Congressional Districts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider North Carolina’s appeal of a court ruling that said state lawmakers relied too heavily on race in drawing congressional districts. The justices on Monday added the case to their calendar for the fall. A panel of three judges struck down two majority black congressional districts and ordered the state to redraw its congressional map. North Carolina did so and held primaries in the reconfigured congressional districts on June 7. Voters challenged the new districts as well, but the same judges allowed the primaries to take place. The case is McCrory v....

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NBA Awaiting Changes to HB2 Before Final Decision on Charlotte All-Star Game

Adam Silver has steadfastly refused to set any deadlines for when the NBA would decide on moving the 2017 All-Game in Charlotte if a hotly debated North Carolina law hasn’t been changed. In a way, he did before Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, even as he said he’s been pleased by the direction of the discussions. Silver said the NBA would need to see definitive progress toward changing the law by the end of Summer to ensure that All-Star weekend remains in Charlotte. “I don’t see how we would get past this summer without knowing...

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Judge Dismisses Student-Athlete Lawsuit Against UNC

A Mecklenburg County judge has dismissed a lawsuit in which two former University of North Carolina athletes alleged the school failed to provide them and other athletes a quality education by directing them toward sham classes. Superior Court Judge Richard Ervin cited arguments by attorneys representing UNC that said both the statute of limitations and sovereign immunity prevented former football player James Arnold and former basketball player Leah Metcalf from pursuing their case. Cyrus Mehri, an attorney for the athletes, said he would take the case next to the N.C. Court of Appeals. He said the case not only impacts...

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Remembering Harper Lee’s Impact on the South

Harper Lee, the elusive author whose “To Kill a Mockingbird” became an enduring best-seller and classic film with its child’s-eye view of racial injustice in a small Southern town, has died. She was 89. HarperCollins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis confirmed the author’s death to The Associated Press on Friday. For most of her life, Lee divided her time between New York City, where she wrote the novel in the 1950s, and her hometown of Monroeville, which inspired the book’s fictional Maycomb. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” published in 1960, is the story of a girl nicknamed Scout growing up in a...

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UNC Football Reserve Arrested in Raleigh

A reserve football player for North Carolina has been arrested on an assault charge hours after the Tar Heels beat North Carolina State. Police in Raleigh say cornerback Tyreece Jiles got into a fight with an employee at a nightclub near downtown at about 3 a.m. Sunday. He was charged with simple assault and released from jail on a $1,200 bond. He is due in court Monday. The university did not immediately comment. Jiles is a 21-year-old senior from Cape Coral, Florida. He has made one career start and has one tackle in eight games this season. He’s listed...

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